Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas

Devotional

Praise is a Choice


A little old lady woke up one morning to realize she only had three hairs left on her head. She looked in the mirror and smiled. “Lord, I thank You because I can braid my hair today.”


The next day only two hairs remained. She looked in the mirror and smiled. “Lord, I thank You because today I can part my hair."


The third morning she looked in the mirror to see only one hair remaining. She smiled. “Lord, I thank You because I can put my hair in a ponytail today.”


The fourth morning, she discovered all her hair gone. “Lord, I thank You that I don’t have to fix my hair anymore!”


Praise is a choice. It’s all about perspective. When we focus on what we can’t have, on our limitations, we fail to see opportunities God has placed in front of us. 


Sometimes it’s the bad stuff that refines us, makes us stronger, forces us to learn lessons we never would otherwise, and allows God to work things out for the greater good. Difficult circumstances teach us dependence on Him.


Rejoice always. Through every circumstance, God is molding us into the image of Jesus if we let Him. 


What are you praising God for today?


~Tara Johnson